The longstanding annual St. George’s-by-the River Canterbury Fair tradition in Rumson has always been, let’s say, something to talk about.
The sun has had a hard time peering out from the dank weather veil these days. So, daydreaming about a simpler summer time when a dive into the ocean in Sea Bright was all you needed comes a lot easier than that ball of fire and the imminent need to cool down.
Tonight’s the night. It’s the 12th annual Basie Awards, celebrating the talent of area high school students and their mentors.
This year, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) actors, singers, musicians, directors, producers and tech crew have netted 17 nominations.
• Outstanding drama production, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight;
• Outstanding lead actor in a drama, Calvin Bruno, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight;
• Outstanding direction in a drama, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Suzanne Sweeney;
• Outstanding set design in a drama, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Matthew Leddin;
• Outstanding lighting design in a drama, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Matthew Leddin;
• Outstanding musical production, Tarzan;
• Outstanding lead actress in a musical, Rachel Makstein, Tarzan
• Outstanding supporting actor in a musical, Jake Rallo, Tarzan;
• Outstanding chorus, Tarzan;
• Outstanding featured ensemble group, Tarzan, The Gorillas;
• Outstanding featured ensemble group, Tarzan, Island Spirits;
• Outstanding student/adult orchestra, Tarzan, Amy Fredericks;
• Outstanding direction in a musical, Tarzan, Suzanne Sweeney;
• Outstanding choreography, Tarzan, Jen Costa;
• Outstanding set design in a musical, Tarzan, Matthew Leddin;
• Outstanding lighting design in a musical, Tarzan, Matthew Leddin;
• Outstanding musical direction, Tarzan, Amy Fredericks.
It was considered a privilege and honor. They were chosen from the junior class at RFH to serve as the debutante-like ushers for the graduating class. All dressed in white and supposedly gracefully toting a chain of daisies, the Daisy Chain girls were a fixture of high school finery at graduations in the 1970s.
The origins of the somewhat upper-crust tradition date back to the 1900s, but this Retro Pic of the Day was snapped in 1978.
Flanked by coaches and families, three more student-athletes from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) signed letters of commitment on May 4, National Signing Day to participate in NCAA Athletics at their chosen colleges.
The Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) summer school schedule of academic enrichment classes for high school students in and out of district and night courses for adults has been released.
There will be two sessions. Summer Session 1 for students will run Monday through Thursday from July 10 to 20. Summer Session 2 for students will run Monday through Thursday from August 7 to 17.
Courses geared to incoming freshman students are: Technology in the High School Classroom, How to Effectively Write a 5 Paragraph Essay, Writing for Freshmen in History, and A Recipe for Success: How to Get the Most Out of High School.
Courses are also offered for students in areas of special interest, such as Broadcasting Journalism, Explore the World of Astronomy, Music Recording and Production, and Science behind the Music.
For students taking the SATs, the Princeton Review SAT Ultimate Prep Course includes fourteen afternoon sessions running from July 10 to Aug. 2. It is The Princeton Review’s most intense classroom preparation option with 25 hours of instruction plus four full-length practice SATs and access to their online student portal. A special relationship with the RFH summer program allows students to pay $899, a $200 discount from the regular price of $1,099.
Evening courses open to adults and students are Ceramics Studio/Raku Firing (July 6 to 25) and Getting to Know Your DSLR Camera (July 10 to 20).
— Edited press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School
The sun had just set. Darkness fell on Sea Bright beach Sunday night as hundreds of friends, family, loved ones of 19-year-old Maddy Massabni made their way to a spot on the beach where they quietly brought light … candlelight and memories of the light that was known to embody the recent Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) graduate’s spirit.
Maddy passed away on March 30 “following an unexpected and rare bout with septic shock,” her obituary prepared by family said, adding that Maddy was “given her angel wings.”
The soft sound of the surf seemed to cradle those who loved the Rumson girl with the gift of an infectious dimpled grin as they huddled somberly in her memory. They spoke of her with sniffles and smiles. They bowed their heads. They reminisced.
They remembered a gentle, sweet soul … a girl they knew as someone whose “beautiful smile melted the hearts of those who knew and loved her” … whose “sense of humor could always make people laugh,” her obituary said.
They remembered a twinkly-eyed teenager who “lived life to the fullest,” loved basking in the sun at that beach with her buddies, cheerleading, and managing the track team.
“The sunshine of her parent’s eyes,” as her loved ones called her in her obituary, “Madalyn’s life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by her understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives.
“With Madalyn’s passing we remind others that her life is one to be celebrated,” it added. “Although we will miss her dearly every day she will forever remain in our hearts. Throughout her life we were able to create wonderful memories and it has been an honor and a privilege to be the parents and brother of this beautiful, loving, amazing and caring young woman.”
Notes of sympathy flooded Facebook in the days following Maddy’s death.
Val’s, where she worked, posted this: “We are heartbroken at Vals. One of the kids that worked for us passed away today at 19. Suddenly tragically unbelievable. She was just starting her life. We will miss her beautiful smile and generous spirit. ‘My tears don’t flow like rivers just a mist that comes and goes and I feel a coldness start to grow deep within my soul’ … Hug your kids a little tighter tonight.”
The Fair Haven Fire Department sent out a note of condolence.
Classmates of Maddy’s mother, Dawn Tilton Massabni, an RFH graduate, hold her in their hearts, hundreds of notes expressed.
Her Uncle Harvey (Tilton), also a Rumson resident, started a gofundme page.
Maddy will be sorely missed, no doubt. Not forgotten.
In addition to her many friends, Maddy is survived by: her loving mom and dad, Dawn and George Massabni III; brother, George Massabni IV; paternal grandparent, Nan Massabni; and maternal grandparents Geraldine and Harvey Tilton; and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
Her service will take place on Tuesday, April 4, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St. Red Bank, NJ. There will be a funeral service on Wednesday, April 5 at 10 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 94 Tindall Rd. Middletown, NJ followed by burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 100 Chapel Hill Rd., Red Bank.
To Maddy’s loved ones: Mom, Dawn, who we know, dad, George, and all …
We, at Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect, offer our heartfelt condolences. We cannot express adequately how deeply sorry we are for your loss. Thank you for bringing her into this world to brighten so many lives in such a short time. We see and hear what a gift Maddy was to so many.
Rest in peace, Maddy. You are remembered.
May the candles keep burning … May her light shine on …
— Elaine Van Develde
Marc Moreau has been announced as the new Head Coach of Boys Lacrosse at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH).
“RFH is very excited about the addition of Marc Moreau and we know he will continue the incredible success our program has achieved,” RFH Athletic Director Chris Lanzalotto said. “We are confident he will have a very positive impact on our Lacrosse community and the RFH Athletic program.”
The Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) Tower Players are in full swing rehearsal mode, setting the stage for their production of Disney’s Tarzan.